Marriage is not a human idea but it is God's institution (Strauss 6). Thus, this essay will define marriage in the way that God instituted it and focus on the Biblical description.
According to the Bible, marriage is a lifetime covenant between a man and a woman. In addition, the marriage instituted by God has three aspects which is contained in Genesis 2:24 which states that "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (KJV1)."These three aspects will be thoroughly discussed to give a comprehensive definition of Christian or Biblical marriage.
The first marriage is instituted by God in the Garden of Eden. After He created the heaven and earth and all creatures therein, He also created man. However, He also recognized that "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him (Genesis 2:18)." Thus, He made Eve to complete Adam, to be his companion, to receive his love and share his dominion in all the earth. It should also be noted that as Eve is created from Adam's ribs, she became the "bone of his bones" and the "flesh of his flesh" which signifies their union.
Biblical marriage, as stated above has three important aspects which is contained in Genesis 2:24. The first is that "a man should leave his father and mother." In a marriage, this is extremely important. ...Show more